Beautifully located on Waikiki Beach, this is a family-friendly hotel. Standard rooms are moderate in size so you might want a family suite. The hotel is in a stunning location with on-site restaurants, shopping and swimming nearby. The hotel is less than a five minute walk to the Honolulu Zoo and a few blocks from the Kapiolani Park. Another nice feature is that the section of beach directly in front of the hotel has a retaining wall so it is a calm area for children to swim.
Stunning was the first thing I thought when we drove up to Turtle Bay Resort. Located on a peninsula on the Northern tip of Oahu, the vibe is completely different than other places we visited. The North Shore is home to big surfing, beautiful beaches and Ted's Bakery and its world famous chocolate-haupia pie. Turtle Bay Resort also has restaurants on-site and a Luau every Sunday night! Your family can choose from an assortment of on-site activities including a Kids & Teens Spa that offers manicures and pedicures, and facials. There's a surf school where they offer kids lessons and the instructor even brings along his two dogs that are surf dogs which is so fun to watch! There are horse stables on the grounds and when we visited, the resort was in the process of becoming certified as a therapeutic riding facility. Turtle Bay is a great family destination!
If you and your family are looking for a quieter location on Oahu, Paradise Bay Resort and Kaneohe are a good place to visit. Paradise Bay Resort is located on Kaneohe Bay with views of the Koolau Mountain range and Chinaman's Hat. Kaneohe Bay is protected by the largest barrier reef in the Hawaiian archipelago. Downtown Kaneohe is 6-miles away and Kualoa Ranch is 4-miles from the property. The resort feels more like a home with lots of families and it's even located on a residential street in a neighborhood. They offer complimentary breakfast and dinner is a wonderful community experience with room for only ten or so families to eat together. The night we dined there, all of the families introduced themselves and shared where they were traveling from. It was lots of fun and a different experience from the first two places we stayed. The dining area also has an amazing view and you definitely feel as though you are a long way from home! The rooms also have full kitchens for cooking and are quite spacious.